Advocate Clothed In Our Nature
little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any
man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.
1 John 2:1.
appointments and grants in our behalf are without limit. The throne of grace
itself is occupied by One who permits us to call Him Father. . . . He has
placed at His altar an Advocate clothed in our nature. As our Intercessor,
Christ’s office work is to introduce us to God as His sons and daughters.
He intercedes in behalf of those who receive Him. With His own blood He has
paid their ransom. By virtue of His merits He gives them power to become members
of the royal family, children of the heavenly King. And the Father demonstrates
His infinite love for Christ by receiving and welcoming Christ’s friends
as His friends. He is satisfied with the atonement made. He is glorified by
the incarnation, the life, death, and mediation of His son.
Christ’s name our petitions ascend to the Father. He intercedes in our
behalf, and the Father lays open all the treasures of His grace for our appropriation,
for us to enjoy and impart to others. . . .
is the connecting link between God and man. . . . He places the whole virtue
of His righteousness on the side of the suppliant. He pleads for man, and
man, in need of divine help, pleads for himself in the presence of God, using
the influence of the One who gave His life for the life of the world. As we
acknowledge before God our appreciation of Christ’s merits, fragrance
is given to our intercessions. As we approach God through the virtue of the
Redeemer’s merits, Christ places us close by His side, encircling us
with His human arm, while with His divine arm He grasps the throne of the
Infinite. He puts His merits, as sweet incense, in the censer in our hands,
in order to encourage our petitions. . . .
Christ has become the medium of prayer between man and God. He has also become
the medium of blessing between God and man.
Devotional: Our Father Cares, p. 120.